out now: Atom™ – HD [Raster-Noton]

 

Artist:
Atom™

 

Title:
HD

 

Label:
Raster-Noton

 

Cat#:
R-N 147

 

Release Date:
18th March 2013

 

Format:
CD & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Pop HD

02)
Strom

03)
I Love U (Like I Love My Drum Machine)
[feat. Jamie Lidell]

04)
The Sound Of Decay

05)
Empty

06)
Riding The Void

07)
Stop (Imperialist Pop)

08)
My Generation

09)
Ich Bin Meine Maschine

 

Press Info :
„HD“ can be described as Atom™‘s electronic quintessence: a blend of pop, electronic abstraction and powerful grooves – an invention Atom™ stands for and which was popularized through previous releases, classics in the electronica genre, such as „pop artificielle“ and others. Here is what the artist says:

As so often I was asked to say and write something about the recording you are currently having in front of you: „HD“. To any musician this is no doubt a complicated moment, since the choice of medium had already been taken in the first place: music. However, it seems that the written word needs to accompany the music, if not just to make sure the composer knows how to defend himself. Let me be frank, in the past this has been a rather ungrateful job, due to the fact that words either seem to appear like a method of justification or explanation of something that in my modest opinion doesn‘t need either one of the two. In the same sense in which „Liedgut“ wasn‘t about romaticism and „Winterreise“ had nothing to do with Schubert, „HD“ isn‘t about anything I‘d wish to express in a lengthy text or would like to see you being able to pinpoint or sell with a flashy headline. In order to get done with the headline, apart from the rather descriptive details I will dedicate my time to in an instant:

HD is a spiritual work

HD is a musical work

HD is a scientific work

The first recordings for „HD“ were made in 2005. Back then the album still carried another title which was „Hard Disc Rock“. The initial selection of songs for „Hard Disc Rock“ was of course a very different one, and while the years passed by most of those songs which did not continue to please, were one by one replaced by newer compositions (in fact the track „Stop (Imperialist Pop)“, which entered the album around 2009, does contain a fragment of an Atom™ track from 1998 called „Hard Disc Rock (don‘t stop)“.) All of the „early“ tracks for the later re-entitled „HD“ album necessarily were subject to profound changes in music and words, and I can say that by the time around 2012 „Hard Disc Rock“ had completely transformed into something else, which is pretty much what you got laying in front of you right now. „HD“ contains a couple of contributions by friends and colleagues such as Jamie Lidell (main vocals on „I love U“), Alva Noto (additional programmings on „Ich bin meine Maschine“), Marc Behrens (additional programmings on „Strom“ and „My Generation“), Jean-Charles Vandermynsbrugge (main vocals on „Pop HD“). Dominique Depret (guitars) and chilean pop star Jorge Gonzalez (backing vocals, guitar and bass raw material) – a diverse selection of guest musicians which very much reflects the general spirit of „HD“

 

Listen:

or all tracks @ Amazon GER

 

Trailer:
“HD 1”

“HD 2”

“HD 3”

 

Related Release:
EP “Ich Bin Meine Maschine”

 

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out now: Sandwell District – Fabric69 [Fabric Records]

 

Artist:
Various – mixed by Sandwell District

 

Title:
Fabric 69

 

Label:
Fabric Records

 

Cat#:
fabric137

 

Release Date:
22nd April 2013

 

Format:
CD & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Silent Servant
A Path Eternal

02)
Function
Voiceprint
(Loop/Edit)

03)
VCMG
Spock
(Regis Remix – Loop/Edit)

04)
Boyd Rice / Frank Tovey
Extraction 7

05)
Raime
Exist In The Repeat Of Practice

06)
Ike Yard
Loss
(Regis Version)

07)
Vatican Shadow
Church Of All Images
(Regis Version)

08)
Fiedel
Andreas
(Bonus Beats)

09)
Cub
CU2
(UST Funk Mix)

10)
Mary Velo
Detune

11)
JPLS
Basis

12)
Rrose
Wedge

13)
Ø
Syväys

14)
Rrose
Wedge

15)
Function
Modifier

16)
Carl Craig
Darkness

17)
Markus Suckut
Hunt

18)
Samuel Kerridge
Waiting For Love
(Part 1)

19)
Untold
Motion The Dance

20)
Surgeon
As You Breathe Here Now

21)
Mark Ernestus
Mark Ernestus Meets BBC

22)
Plastikman
Plasticine

23)
Trevino
Uptight

24)
VCMG
Spock
(Regis Remix)

25)
Planetary Assault Systems
Flat Tire

26)
Factory Floor
16-2-16-9-20-1-14-9-7

27)
James Ruskin
Into A Circle

28)
SS/S
Sicario de Dios: Siglo 2

29)
Laurent Garnier
At Night

30)
Function
Voiceprint
(Reprise)

 

Info:
In 2002 Sandwell District commenced operations. Over the course of ten active years, they were responsible for disarming and destabilizing the structures that gagged free-form expression, drawing upon tenets of DIY-post-punk culture to disrupt accepted ideas of exactly what it meant to be an artist, label, DJ or producer. During this time, the collective’s core members, Regis and Function (along with label partner, Silent Servant), played a key role in broadening the link between early electronic, post-punk, and noise; an influence which continues to resonate in the burgeoning, and shape-shifting, modern-day techno scene.

Both Function (Dave Sumner) and Regis’ (Karl O’Connor) investment in techno stretches back more than 20 years. Alongside fellow art terrorist Peter Sutton (Female), Regis has spearheaded the cult label Downwards since 1993 and has released an impenetrably deep discography dating back just as far. Function started to produce music during the mid-90s, releasing on Damon Wild’s Synewave and his own Infrastructure imprint. A chance meeting in New York in 1996 quickly lead to the two collaborating under the guise, Portion Reform. Continuing to work together over the years, Sumner then moved to Berlin in late 2007 and they, along with LA based member Silent Servant (John Mendez), put their energy into developing Sandwell. In 2010, they released their debut album, Feed-Forward, an endeavour which represented the first full exploration of the Sandwell District sound.

At the beginning of 2012, intuitively aware that the end was nigh, Sandwell District (the label) was put on permanent hiatus though the possibility “of future, albeit irregular print communications with audio accompaniment” was never ruled out. This mix will be the first thing to be committed to record by them since that time. As for any details of future activity, as Regis puts it himself, “If you want to give the Gods a laugh, talk about future plans.”

The mix itself was largely influenced by Function’s working procedure and the head space he was in at the time, also deep into the recording of his debut artist album, Incubation, for seminal Berlin label, OstGut Ton. The final mixdown was painstakingly fine-tuned hundreds of times as familiar nuances were collected and re-imagined in a body of work that starts from the ground up, building on existing textures.

Says Regis “I outlined some sections/tracks that I thought might work with his, I sent him rough 10 minute drafts for him to listen to and try and work into the main flow. The final mixdown was done by Dave, as he had gone over the whole mix hundreds of times fine tuning the detail, it made sense for him to execute the mix proper.”

The opening three tracks serve as an introduction to the dissolved identities of the triumvirate behind the Sandwell shroud as their originals and edits layer over in an eerie aural collage of shuddering ambiance and brittle percussion. The mix slowly ramps up track by track as we’re guided through the experimental noise of Boyd Rice back-to-back with Raime then snapped into the skittering percussion and post-punk mumbles of Regis’ edit of Ike Yard’s “Loss.” Mary Velo’s “Detune” ups the ante as swathes of sinister beats and decimated stabs rattle around JPLS’s “Basis” before lunging slowly into “Wedge” by Rrose which cloaks “Syväys” by Ø. Function’s “Modifier,” takes us down the rabbit hole once more before the malevolent, swirling euphoria of Carl Craig’s “Darkness” washes over it and on into Markus Suckut’s cavernous “Hunt.”

The sludgy atmospherics of Samuel Kerridge’s “Waiting For Love Part 1” bleed into Untold’s “Motion the Dance” before the unsettling noise-fuelled dissonance of Surgeon’s “As You Breathe Here Now” pulls back into Hardwax boss/ Basic Channel legend, Mark Ernestus’ “Mark Ernestus Meets BBC.” Plastikman’s Plasticine provides an earlymorning acid injection before going for the jugular on the murky bass throb of Trevino’s “Uptight” and back into Regis’ VCMG remix from the very start of the mix. The final furlong of the mix draws in Factory Floor, James Ruskin, SS/S, Laurent Garnier before circumnavigating its way back to Function’s “Voiceprint” – an atmospheric coda which echoes the opening sequence, providing a refined symmetry to the whole ordeal.

With this mix, another genuine artefact has been added to the Sandwell legacy, a document of their skewed presence and existence, a treasure guaranteeing the kind of quality that electronic music compilations rarely achieve. In 1 hour 15 minutes, the pairing of Regis and Function succeed in presenting and executing some of the most potent flourishes in the Sandwell catalogue, distilling them into a coherent body of work that masterfully defines the current techno zeitgeist. Few contemporary producers have bettered the merciless techno blueprint laid down by this collective, and few ever will.

“fabric is currently one of only a handful of clubs that are viewed globally. I had wanted to play there for years and when I finally did it exceeded my expectations. I loved the fact that it’s not really in a building but in a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Pretty much how a nightclub focused on proper electronic music is meant to be.” says Function

 

Listen:
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Trailer:

Trailer created by the29nov films.

 

Recommendations:
“Spock” by Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore and Vince Clarke aka VCMG
“Deep Heet Vol. 3” by Planetary Assault Systems
“Incubation” by Function

 

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Websites:
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Trailer:

out now: Markus Suckut – SCKT01R [SCKT]

 

Artist:
Markus Suckut

 

Title:
SCKT01R

 

Label:
SCKT

 

Cat#:
SCKT01R

 

Release Date:
February 2013

 

Format:
vinyl

 

Tracklist:
A)
Ore
(Splice Remix)

B)
Grit
(Bleak Remix)

 

Info:
One year after the launch of his own record label Markus Suckut releases the first remix EP on SCKT.

The idea behind the remix series is that artists of Markus ‘ choice can choose their favorite track on SCKT to remix .

The first release of this idea kicks off with remixes by two guys from Sweden called Splice and Bleak .

 

Listen:

 

Special:
“Invite’s Choice Podcast 094”

 

Recommendations:
SCKT01
SCKT02
SCKT02R

 

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Booking:
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Websites:
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SCKT

 

out now: Savas Pascalidis – Interlock (Remixes) [Sweatshop Records]

 

Artist:
Savas Pascalidis

 

Title: 
Interlock (Remixes)

 

Label: 
Sweatshop Records

 

Cat#: 
SWSH013

 

Release Date: 
March 2013

 

Format: 
12″ & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Interlock
(Jonas Kopp Remix)

02)
Interlock
(Maan Remix)

 

Info:

 

Listen:

 

Video:
“Interlock (Maan Remix)”

Video created by the29nov films.

 

Recommendation:
Savas Pascalidis | Oswld – NON006 on “Non Series”

 

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Video:

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out now: Austra – Olympia [Domino Records]

 

Artist:
Austra

 

Title:
Olympia

 

Label:
Domino Records

 

Cat#:
WIGCD314, WIGLP314 & WIG314D

 

Release Date:
17th June 2013

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
What We Done?

02)
Forgive Me

03)
Painful Like

04)
Sleep

05)
Home

06)
Fire

07)
I Don’t Care (I’m a Man)

08)
We Become

09)
Reconcile

10)
Annie (Oh Muse, You)

11)
You Changed My Life

12)
Hurt Me Now

13)
Mayan Drums
[feat. Gina X]

Track 13 is bonus for itunes

 

Info (English):
Olympia is an album of transformation. Though it has only been two years since Austra’s 2010 debut Feel It Break, it presents a quantum evolution in the Toronto-based band’s sound, structure and style.

After three years of non-stop international touring with the likes of the XX, Grimes and the Gossip, when it came time to record Olympia, Austra had evolved into a complex collaborative effort between its six members. “Previously, I would flesh out songs before I brought them to the band, but this time I left them bare and let the others fill them in” explains Katie Stelmanis, the principal songwriter/vocalist.

Olympia is also the first confessional record for Stelmanis as evidenced by the heartfelt lyrics of piano driven lead single “Home” (stream now). “Home” expresses the anxieties of waiting up all night for a lover to return. “I was mad and upset and the song just wrote itself,” says the singer. The album touches on a range of sentiments that stem from a relationship ending, a relationship beginning, and friends’ struggles with addiction and motivation. Despite the sometimes dark lyrics written in collaboration with band member Sari Lightman, Olympia is bubbly and buoyant— fundamentally a dance record, which Stelmanis says was the band’s aim all along. “We are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I wanted to bring those elements together.”

Though Olympia is filled with electronic and synthetic sounds that reference everything from Trax Record classic cuts to Yazoo’s Upstairs At Eric’s, it’s free of programming and loops. Everything was played live by the band in the studio and all of the percussion including a wild set up of marimbas and congas was performed by drummer Maya Postepski. “Maya played a huge role in the production of the album,” says Stelmanis, who has been playing with the drummer for eight years since their previous band, Galaxy. “There is a major percussive element running through every song,” Stelmanis laughs, “this is the album where we discovered rhythm.”

The album was produced by Austra with additional production by Mike Haliechuk, vocal production by Damian Taylor (Bjork, the Killers), engineered by Bill Skibbe and Leon Taheny and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Erasure, Hot Chip).

Austra is Katie Stelmanis (lead vocals), Maya Postepski (drums), Dorian Wolf (bass), Ryan Wonsiak (keys), Sari & Romy Lightman (backing vocals).

 

Info (German):
Mit dem Debütalbum Feel It Break landeten Austra 2010 einen Überraschungshit, der sich eher von hinten durch die Brust ins Auge, denn mit einem Knall ins Bewußtsein der Nation gegraben hat. Kaum einer, der diesen Ohrwurm nicht schon irgendwo gehört und nicht mehr losgeworden war: “Don´t wanna lose you, don´t wanna lose….” Der Spiegel schrieb sehr treffend: “Dieses Lied kennt kein entkommen. Es ist bekloppt, nervtötend und großartig. Wer es einmal im Kopf hat, bekommt es tagelang nicht mehr heraus.”

Nun legen Austra mit Olympia am 14.Juni ihr zweites Album vor. Olympia ist ein Album der Transformation: obwohl seit dem Debütalbum “Feel It Break” erst drei Jahre vergangen sind, hat sich der Sound der in Toronto ansässigen Band in Struktur und Stil extrem weiterentwickelt.

Nach drei Jahren ununterbrochenem Touren um den ganzen Globus mit Bands wie The XX, Grimes und Gossip haben sich die drei ursprünglichen Bandmitglieder zusammen mit den drei Begleitern zu einer perfekt funktionierenden sechsköpfigen Einheit entwickelt. “Previously, I would flesh out songs before I brought them to the band, but this time I left them bare and let the others fill them in” erklärt die treibende Kraft, Sängerin Katie Stelmanis.

Olympia ist außerdem ein Album, auf dem sich Katie Stelmanis als Songwriterin erstmalig emotional entblößt. So handelt etwa die pianolastige Single “Home”von der Angst, die ganze Nacht darauf zu warten, dass die Geliebte zurückkehrt. “I was mad and upset and the song just wrote itself,” sagt Stelmanis. Das Album berührt neben schmerzhaft vertrauten Themen, wie dem Ende einer Beziehung, auch gute Seiten wie Freundschaft oder Verknalltsein. Auch wenn die Lyrics, die Stelmanis zusammen mit Background-Sängerin Sari Lightman schrieb, häufig düster sind, so ist das Album dennoch ein sprudelndes Dance-Album: “We are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I wanted to bring those elements together.”

Obwohl Olympia vor elektronischen Synthiesounds geradezu übersprudelt, hat die Band dennoch alles live im Studio eingespielt, unter anderem mit Maya Postepski an Marimbas und Congas: “Maya played a huge role in the production of the album,” so Stelmanis, die schon seit acht Jahren mit der Schlagzeugerin Postepski zusammenarbeitet, unter anderem in ihrer vorherigen Band Galaxy. “There is a major percussive element running through every song,” erzählt Stelmanis lachend, “this is the album where we discovered rhythm.”

Die Produzentenarbeit übernahm die Band selbst mit Hilfe von Mike Haliechuk, Damian Taylor (Björk, The Killers), Bill Skibbe, Leon Taheny und Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Erasure, Hot Chip).

Austra sind Katie Stelmanis (Gesang), Maya Postepski (Schlagzeug), Dorian Wolf (Bass), Ryan Wonsiak (Keyboard), Sari & Romy Lightman (Backgroundgesang).

 

Listen:

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Full Track Streaming:
@ NPR

 

Videos:
“Home”

” “Painful Like (Live @ Scion Sessions)”


more soon

 

Live Dates:
13th March – SXSW @ Vice Land, Austin (USA)
14th March – SXSW @ Hype Hotel, Austin (USA)
15th March – SXSW @ The Mohawk, Austin (USA)
16th March – SXSW @ Elysium, Austin (USA)
16th March – SXSW @ Old Emo’s, Austin (USA)
02nd June – Forbidden Fruit Dublin (Ireland)
06th June – Plaza, Zürich (Switzerland)
07th June – Südpol, Luzerne (Switzerland)
08th June – L’Amalgame, Yverdon-les Bains (Switzerland)
10th June – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
12th June – Le Nouveau Casino, Paris (France)
14th June – Lido, Berlin (Germany) >> Tix@Koka36
17th June – Hoxton Bar & Grill, London (Great Britain)
20th June – Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York City (USA)
23rd June – Troubadour, Los Angeles (USA)
26th June – The Independent, San Francisco (USA)

 

Recommendation:
debut album “Feel It Break”

 

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Websites:
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